Celebrate Cave Creek with a Second Night of Music, Drinks, Food & Fun

The annual celebration of all things Cave Creek kicked off Wednesday, Oct. 16, and continues tonight as the Town hosts the second day of its signature Taste of Cave Creek event.

For 27 years, the Town of Cave Creek has offered this event as a chance for residents to mingle with neighbors, and for those from other parts of the Valley to sample the amazing fare offered from the local restaurants and bars. Held at Stagecoach Village, guests can stroll through the outdoor setting as the sounds of the Crown Kings, Fosterson and Lindsey Vogt fill the air, all while sampling cuisine from more than 30 area restaurants.

“It’s a perfect way to experiment with all of these restaurants in the area and find your next favorite restaurant in town,” says Town of Cave Creek’s Marshal Adam Stein, event chair. “It promises to be a night like no other and the Town’s largest Taste of Cave Creek event ever.”

More than 30 restaurants will descend upon Stagecoach Village for the taste fest, including Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ, Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, Indigo Crow, El Encanto, Harold’s Corral, Grilled Addiction, It’s a Divine Bakery, Le Sans Souci, The City Creamery, The Horny Toad and Wandering Donkey, to name a few.

This year’s event brought a new partner, Frankly Organic Vodka, a local vodka company offering five flavors of organic vodka that will host a vodka challenge at the event. There will also be wine and beer tastings (with more than 21 breweries participating), as well as bourbon and tequila tastings.

Also new this year, the Town is changing its parking plan. Shuttles will transport patrons from throughout the town core to the event. There will be no onsite event parking other than a limited number of on-site handicapped parking spaces for those with placards.

“You can come out, have fun, enjoy the food, and just relax,” says Marshal Stein. “Everyone’s a neighbor a Cave Creek, there are no strangers here.”

The second day of Taste of Cave Creek takes place Thursday, Oct. 17, 5–9pm, at Stagecoach Village, 7100 East Cave Creek Road. Tickets are $10 for entry (free for children 12 and under); food and drink tickets, $3–$5. For additional information, visit www.tasteofcavecreek.com.

Cave Creek Cares Event to Benefit Family of Alex Marquez

The Cave Creek community is coming together Saturday, Nov. 17, for a fundraiser to support the family of Alex Marquez who passed away Oct. 25.

On Oct. 12, Marquez was helping his brother Carlos, who is chef and owner of Indigo Crow, prepare for The Taste of Cave Creek. An unfortunate accident occurred in the kitchen, resulting in Alex being burned by boiling water and steam over 80 percent of his body. Alex was flown to the Maricopa County Burn Center in critical condition and after a hard-fought battle, Alex succumbed to his injuries Oct. 25. Alex was a son, a brother, a friend, a husband and a father. Friends describe him as “married to the love of his life, Mari, and the father to a beautiful one-year-old daughter Mila.”

The Town of Cave Creek’s Marshal Adam Stein said, “He was an army veteran and a member of our community who would talk to anyone whenever he would visit Chef Carlos at Indigo Crow. If you met Alex as a stranger, you always left as a friend. The loss of Alex is a terrible tragedy. Cave Creek Cares is coming together to feature a fundraiser with all proceeds going directly to Mari and Mila to help them face the huge medical bills associated with Alex’s injury and subsequent death.”

The Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral and Indigo Crow have all come together to put on a Cave Creek Cares fundraiser. Guests will enjoy great food, a live concert, a silent auction and most of all, raise funds to support Mari and Mila Marquez when they need it the most.

“I am proud to be the Marshal of Cave Creek,” continues Stein. “The Cave Creek Cares event shows how a small town comes together and cares about our community members. When our Cave Creek business owners heard of this terrible tragedy, they called and said we needed to put together this Cave Creek Cares fundraiser and support the Marquez family.”

The fundraiser will be held Nov. 17, 4–8pm, at Stagecoach Village, 7100 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Tickets are $25 and include dinner and a soft drink from any of the four participating restaurants. A cash bar will also be available. Tickets will be available at any of the listed restaurants or may be purchased online with will-call pick up at Indigo Crow at www.paypal.me/moomariposa. Tickets will also be available at the door at the event. To make a donation to help support the family, visit www.gofundme.com/please-help-my-dear-brothers-family.

Mix, Mingle & Savor Local Flavors

Photos by Kathryn M. Miller

The outdoor, open-air setting of Stagecoach Village in historic Cave Creek will host more than 30 area restaurants, along with quality purveyors of craft beer, wine and spirits, to showcase the best that the town and the state has to offer. An annual celebration of local flavors, The Taste of Cave Creek returns Oct. 17–18.

For 25 years, the Town of Cave Creek has offered this event as an opportunity for residents to mingle with neighbors and for everyone to sip and savor the amazing fare offered from local restaurants and bars.

“Cave Creek is undoubtedly one of Arizona’s most dynamic and diverse culinary hot spots,” says Marshal Adam Stein, event chairman. “That is why we are enormously proud to partner with Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln to showcase a mix of the best and brightest chefs and restaurateurs. A star-studded collection of sommeliers, wine, beer and spirits experts rounds out the Taste of Cave Creek. Paired with incredible live music, this unforgettable event has become a highlight on Cave Creek’s calendar.”

This year features a new element to the food, as participating chefs and butchers face off in a “Head to Tail” cookoff. Local chefs and butchers take pride in the relationships they share with their ranchers and fishermen and each will choose an animal to feature. Chefs will cook and serve up plates inspired by their selection. The winner will be judged by top local food celebrities.

Also new this year is the Beer Garden, offering more than 20 of today’s most popular brews to choose from, as well as spirits including tequila, bourbon, vodka and more.

Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road. The Taste of Cave Creek runs 5–9pm daily, Oct. 17–18. Admission is $10 at the front gate (free for children 12 and under). Food sampling tickets are $1, with food/drink items ranging from $3–$5. Parking is available on Schoolhouse Road north of the Cave Creek Post Office; a free shuttle will take guests to and from the venue. The free shuttles will start at 4:30pm and end at 9:30pm each night.

Find a complete list of participating restaurants, breweries, distilleries and sponsors, online at http://www.tasteofcavecreek.com.

Cave Creek… It’s Where You Want To Be

Cover photos, from top left: Cave Creek Indian Market – Naiche Duncan; Photo: AO Tucker Cactus Classic Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen Wicked All Day & All Night The Taste of Cave Creek Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen Wild West Days – Photo: Mike Pintar Magic Bird Festivals Treasure Fest Wild West Fest Center: Vermillion Promotions; Sarah Foster jewelry

Cover photos, from top left: Cave Creek Indian Market – Naiche Duncan; Photo: AO Tucker; Cactus Classic; Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen; Wicked All Day & All Night
The Taste of Cave Creek; Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen; Wild West Days – Photo: Mike Pintar; Magic Bird Festivals Treasure Fest
Wild West Fest; Center: Vermillion Promotions – Sarah Foster jewelry

The 2016-17 event season gets underway

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ The 2016-17 Cave Creek season of events officially kicks off in October, and the Town of Cave Creek putting out the welcome mat and pulling out all the stops and for locals and visitors. The town invites everyone to “Enjoy all that Cave Creek has to offer, from our great restaurants to our amazing special events,” says Marshal Adam Stein. “Cave Creek…it’s where you want to be.”

Kicking off the season is Taste of Cave Creek, a Town of Cave Creek signature event.

“Come on out and enjoy this year’s The Taste of Cave Creek October 19 and 20,” says Stein. “Enjoy live music, great food and an all-around great atmosphere.”

Also in October is Biketoberfest at Hideaway Grill and the ever-popular Cave Creek Wicked – an all day and all night Halloween party. In addition, Sonoran Arts League teams up with Foothills Food Bank for the Empty Bowls Project.

November brings the 13th Annual Wild West Days, hosted by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association, the 20th Annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, Desert Discovery Days at Jewel of the Creek Preserve and so much more

The season offers multiple cultural performances and art exhibitions, as well as opportunities to explore and support Desert Foothills Library and Cave Creek Museum – all family friendly and just minutes away.

From a homecoming parade and game, foot and bike races to events for the biker set, history buffs, foodies and theater and art lovers; from Halloween to Wild West and Fiesta Days celebrations to hot air balloons and Fourth of July – and everything in between – there is surely something for everyone in Cave Creek this season.

Save the Cave Creek 2016-17 Calendar of Events and keep it handy all year long. And we’ll see everyone out and about town this season. |CST

Old Favorites and New Finds: Get a Taste of Cave Creek

Official Taste of Cave Creek artwork by Lance Headlee

Official Taste of Cave Creek artwork by Lance Headlee

The annual Taste of Cave Creek is a Town of Cave Creek signature event that brings food, wine, live music and more to the beautiful outdoor setting of Stagecoach Village. This year, the event premier sponsor is AutoNation Ford Scottsdale.

Marshal Adam Stein will again be heading up the festive event and invites residents and guests alike to get a Taste of Cave Creek on Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday October 15, with food samplings from more than 25 restaurants. A number of favorite restaurants are returning to the event, along with some new and soon-to-be favorites – all of which are sure to temp the taste buds. For a list of restaurants, visit the event website.

A craft beer garden and wine tasting (courtesy of Oak Ridge Winery) will once again have a presence at the highly anticipated event, and The Ryan Sims Band will play nightly in the gazebo.

Now in its 24th year, the event runs from 5-10pm. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road. There is a $10 admission fee, available at the front gates. Children 12 and younger are free. Food tickets are $1 and may be purchased at the gate. Food tastings cost $2-$5 each. Parking is available north of the Post Office (38406 North Schoolhouse Road) with shuttles to and from Stagecoach Village. For additional information, visit www.tasteofcavecreek.com.

Special Section: 2014 Wild West Days

November 2014 CST.inddThe Town of Cave Creek and the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association presents the premiere destination event celebrating the town’s grand western heritage, October 29 – November 2. Wild West Days will offer western family entertainment for residents and visitors alike. The 11th Annual Wild West Days section begins on page 27. Visit http://issuu.com/citysuntimes/docs/cfcc_november_2014_cst.

The Taste of Cave Creek Returns

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????By Kathryn M. Miller ~ The premier event, Taste of Cave Creek, returns this year October 15-16, from 5-10pm at Stagecoach Village.

“The Taste of Cave Creek is an event to bring our friends and neighbors together,” says Town of Cave Creek Marshal Adam Stein “We hope that people come, visit our event and try a restaurant that they may have never tried before.”

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????More than 25 restaurants will join the eclectic mix this year, including Alberto’s, Amaro Italiano Ristorante, AZ Select Ice Cream & Candy Co., Brugo Award Winning Gourmet Pizza, Bryan’s BBQ, Buffalo Chip, Cartwrights, Cave Creek Smokehouse, Cave Creek Tap Haus, Chef Sara Raw Vegan Cuisine, Cibo e Vino, El Encanto, Hacienda’s Mexican Grill, Harold’s, Hideaway, Horny Toad Restaurant, Indian Village, Indigo Crow, It’s A Divine Bakery, Jacked Ice, Janey’s Coffee Co., Le Sans Souci, My Sweet Blessings BakeryOregano’s Pizza Bistro, Spotted Donkey, The Boulders Resort, Tonto Bar & Grill, Venues Café and Z’s Asian Fusion Restaurant.

Events of this size could not take place without the support of the community and the many sponsors, including this year’s premier sponsors.

Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road are returning partners and familiar faces at most of our events,” says Stein. “Mayor Francia is the one person who always encourages special events and supports all of our happenings.”

Again this year, the outdoor, open-air setting will feature two stages with live music nightly by Ryan Sims Band and Jake Dean Band. A craft beer garden and wine tastings (courtesy of Oak Ridge Winery) will once again have a presence at the event, and some new activities have been added.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

“Each year we try and bring something new to A Taste of Cave Creek,” says Stein. “This year I think I am most excited about the all new Tequila Tasting area as well as our all new Margarita challenge….who will make the best Margarita in Cave Creek…come and find out!”

For more details, call the Town of Cave Creek at 480.488.1400 or visit www.tasteofcavecreek.com. |CST

Cave Creek Kicks Off Its 2014-15 Events Season

September 2014 CST.inddBy Kathryn M. Miller The Town of Cave Creek is gearing up for another spectacular season of events.

“Cave Creek is not only known for its spectacular desert, but also for its vibrant Town activities,” says Mayor Vincent Francia. “For each of the 12 months there is a promotion. Although these promotions are varied – from the cuisine of October’s Taste of Cave Creek to the rodeo of March’s Fiesta Days – the one thing they have in common is fun and good memories are guaranteed.”

The 2014-15 Cave Creek season kicks off with its signature event, Taste of Cave Creek. The two-day event showcases the best that the town has to offer, including its more than 25 area restaurants, live music, wine tasting, beer garden and some favorite artists, artisan shops and area vendors.

“Cave Creek is a small town that offers our residents that old town, charm, where we know our neighbors and our kids can play out in our yards…safely,” says Town Marshal Adam Stein, who is also chair of the Taste of Cave Creek. “Cave Creek is special in many ways, from our Western culture to our open space and hiking trails.”

In November, the 11th Annual Wild West Days returns to Downtown Cave Creek and Stagecoach Village. The event is Arizona’s largest western celebration and features five days of nonstop family entertainment.

“Spend the day, and say hello to your friends and neighbors; see why Cave Creek truly is where the Wild West still lives,” says Stein.

The season continues with art shows and studio tours, classic car and custom bike shows, a trail run, the annual Balloon Festival and Pro Rodeo and wraps with annual Independence Day celebrations – and so much more.

“Coming to Cave Creek because of a promotion is a good way to get to know the Town,” continues Francia. “You’ll come back. And we’ll love to see you again.” |CST

Get Ready To Paint The Town!

TownofCaveCreekCave Creek Special Events Edition in September

By Kathryn M. Miller

The Town of Cave Creek is gearing up for another spectacular season of events!

The 2014-15 Cave Creek season returns in October with its signature event, Taste of Cave Creek. The two-day event will showcase all the best that the town has to offer, including its more than 25 area restaurants, live music, wine tasting, beer garden and some favorite artists and artisan shops and area vendors.

In November, the 11th Annual Wild West Days return to Downtown Cave Creek and Stagecoach Village. The event is Arizona’s largest western celebration and features five days of non-stop family entertainment. With everything from a non-motorized western parade and cattle drive to mutton bustin’, bull riding, bathtub races, live music and plenty of food and drink, it is a party that’s not to be missed.

Also in November, experience the Hidden in the Hills 18th Annual Studio Tour and Sale, as well as the Stagecoach Village Art Festival.

December will bring the 12th Annual Luminaria Run and the Fifth Annual Cruise & Car Show.

Always a family favorite, the annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will once again soar over Rancho Mañana in January. The Annual Indian Market also returns in January.

The Fiesta Days and Cave Creek Pro Rodeo hits the Memorial Arena in March. Soak up a true cowboy rodeo experience with three days of pro rodeo events, a parade and dances.

And if that all isn’t enough, the Town will host the Cactus Shadows Homecoming Parade, Biketoberfest, Stagecoach Fine Art & Wine Festival, Wicked, Triple R fundraiser, Cave Creek Museum events, the Cactus Classic, Hideaway Custom Builders Showcase, Bike Week, Spring Classic & Collector Car Auction, Trail Run, Independence Day celebrations and so much more.

Whew! That’s a whole lot of events! But never fear, the Town (www.cavecreek.org) and CITYSunTimes is here to help residents and visitors alike plan for all of the festivities. Check out our September Cave Creek Special Events Edition. With a pullout calendar section and handy-dandy map, we’ve got you covered for the year. Now all you have to do is pull on those boots and get ready to paint the Town!

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